On the spur of the moment stopped in for a late Friday lunch at Social Wine & Tapas. This is such a good place to eat. The food is superb: creative, flavoursome and comforting. And the wine list is exceptional, especially if you are of the brave inclination, prepared to give wines with a bit of natural character a try.
Jamon, manchego toastie, quail’s eggs. Comfort food of the highest order.
Chargrilled carrots, burnt aubergine, miso, walnut pesto. Who could have thought carrots would taste so good? The burnt aubergine is a perfect accompaniment.
Slow-cooked egg, ox cheek dashi, creamed potato, black pudding. This is just so delicious. Savoury heaven.
Braised octopus, roast chorizo piperade. A nice combination; The coriander seedlings really brought it to life.
And to drink: something from the lower reaches of the wine list. £32, but still utterly delicious.
Domaine de Belle Vue Granit 2014 Muscadet, Loire, France
This really captures the character of the Melon grape perfectly (and, yes, it does have character when it’s done well). Lovely fresh lemon and grapefruit flavours with a subtle nuttiness, a hint of green apple and tingly acidity. Pure with freshness but also a lovely mouthfeel – so drinkable. 90/100